Jewish Berlin

Time

10:00

Duration

3 hours

Meeting Point

Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin

Prices

Adult

26+

€19

Senior/Students/Youths

65+ and 13-25

€16

WelcomeCard

€16

Children

12 and under

free

Required Transport Ticket

No ticket required

Highlights

  • See the New Synagogue and learn about Jewish life today in Berlin
  • Visit Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind Museum and hear the tales of resistance and defiance of the Nazi tyranny
  • See the old Jewish Cemetery, which dates back to 1672
  • Go to the site of the first Synogogue in Berlin
  • Walk on the street where women protested, demanding the release of their Jewish husbands in 1943 – Rosen Straße

Starting Point

Meet at our guide on the square next to the Palace of Tears, Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin.

Description

Berlin’s Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the horrors of the Holocaust up to the revival of the present day. Berlin fosters one of the world’s fastest-growing Jewish communities.

Mendelssohn and Einstein are just two examples of Berlin Jews who have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural history, changing the way all of us – Jews and non-Jews alike – live and think. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination, which came to a head in the 20th century with devastating effect.

Visit the site of the ancient Jewish Cemetery, which was desecrated by the Nazis in 1943 in an effort to eradicate the memory of Jewish history in Berlin. Walk through the courtyards where working-class Jewish immigrants dreamed of a better world. See the magnificent New Synagogue and hear the amazing history of this building, which reflects the fate of Berlin’s Jews before, during and after Nazi persecution. Visit the Workshop for the Blind, one of many places where non-Jews risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbours.

Finishing Point

The tour finishes near Rosen Straße (Mitte)

Insider Route

  1. Meeting Point: on the square beside the Palace of Tears, Reichstagufer 17
  2. The New Synagogue
  3. Leo Baeck House – HQ of the Jewish community of Germany
  4. Old Orthodox Synagogue
  5. Old jewish “Ahawah” orphanage
  6. Jewish cemetery
  7. Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind
  8. Hackescher Markt train station
  9. Rosenstrasse – location of old Synagogue from 1714 and site of the 1943 RosenStraße protest

Insider Reviews

Excellent walking tour of Jewish berlin

This is a full 3 hour walk, and we had an excellent guide. We saw the site of the old synagogue, and the heard the story of how the wives saved their jewish husbands from the Nazis, and the poignant sculpture of the man on the bench (if you ignore what happens, then they will come for you next). We saw the Hackenschen Hoefe complex, where Otto Weidt (a sort of Schindler) helped Jews in danger. We also the old cemetery where Jews were buried, and the Nazis removed most of the headstones. An excellent tour.

Berlin is a real Matzah pudding

Thanks to our Tour guide for a very interesting and personal guide around some of the Jewish and cultural sites in Berlin. We found it very moving and enlightening and enjoyed your passion about the city.

Booker

Our guide was great. It was very informative. I would highly recommend this tour. Berlin has an interesting story involving the Jews and our guide was excellent in explaining this history.

Jewish heritage walking tour

Guide is friendly and considerate. We have done many tours throughout Europe and found our guide to be one of the most knowledgeable and informed tour guides we have ever had. My husband and I would strongly recommend him to anyone considering the tour.

Our guide was fabulous

Our guide was so much fun! He was so informative and patient with our millions of questions. We highly recommend this tour!

Absolutely fascinating guide

Our guide gave a fantastic tour on Jewish Berlin. Her knowledge of German-Jewish history is amazing and her view as an Israeli very interesting and fascinating.

Great interesting tour on old Jewish Berlin

Our tour guide was fantastic. She was knowledgeable and very engaging. Her background made this tour engaging and fun!! I recommend this tour highly.

Historic Jewsih Berlin

My uncle and I attended the tour with Insider With her interesting background, we found our guide to be super outgoing, engaging, enthusiastic, and extremely passionate about relaying some of the history of Jewish Berlin.